RT-PCR test essential for returnees from Kumbh in Gujarat


People returning to Gujarat after attending the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar will have to undergo a RT-PCR test before they are allowed to enter their respective towns and villages, the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani said Saturday.

The ongoing Kumbh, which has seen thousands of people from different parts of the country and seers attend the auspicious event in large numbers, has drawn criticism from various neighborhoods as the number of COVID-19 cases has increased. increased at a rapid rate in recent years. weeks. The event also reported coronavirus cases in high numbers.

“Collectors from all districts of Gujarat have been urged to monitor returnees from Kumbh Mela and impose a nakabandi ‘(security check) to prevent their entry into their hometown without passing an RT-PCR test,” Rupani said reports to Jamnagar.

He said that every returnee from the Kumbh congregation will have to undergo the RT-PCR test in Gujarat.

“Officials were tasked with isolating people who were found infected during testing,” the CM added.

“(To stem the spread of the virus), people who went to attend Kumbh Mela will not be allowed to enter their hometown or village without being tested. Collectors from all districts have been tasked with identifying the returnees from Kumbh, ”Rupani said. .

The CM with his deputy Nitin Patel was in Jamnagar to discuss the coronavirus situation with the local MP, MPs and senior officials.

Rupani also said 25,000 to 30,000 hospital beds were added in a very short time across Gujarat to treat coronavirus-positive patients.

“At present, there are 75,000 beds in various facilities in Gujarat,” the chief minister said.

Recognizing the shortage of hospital beds in cities and the hardships people face, Rupani said 10,000 more beds will be added in the next 15 days.

“Also in Jamnagar, we will add 370 beds very soon. We will also soon be increasing the number of ambulances and mortuary vans, ”he added.

Gujarat on Friday added the highest number of 8,920 new positive coronavirus cases in one day, bringing the total to 3.84,688, while a record 94 patients died due to the infection which brought the toll to 5170, according to the state health department.

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